What To Do In June: Leelanau County Activities And Events
From Glen Arbor’s annual Solstice Marathon and 5k and the Leland Food and Wine Festival to the complete schedule of farmers markets happening throughout Leelanau County—here’s a shortlist of favorite, local happenings you don’t want to miss.

Leelanau Farmers Markets
June through September, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

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No matter where your weekend travels take you this summer, you’re never more than a 20-minute drive from some kind of farmers market happening in and around the Sleeping Bear Dunes. From Empire to Glen Arbor and all along the M22 corridor, you’ll find fresh Leelanau Peninsula produce and local products on sale almost every day at famers markets happening throughout the county. Here’s the complete 2016 schedule, courtesy of Leelanau Farmers Markets.

Suttons Bay

Saturdays, May 7th – Oct 29th
At North Park, intersection of M-22 & M-204
(601 Front Street)


Saturdays, June 18th – Sept 10th
Next to the Post Office
(10234 W Front St)

Lake Leelanau
Sundays, June 12th – Sept 4th
Corner of M-204 & Lake Leelanau Drive (112 W Philip Street)

Glen Arbor
Tuesdays, June 14th – Sept 6th
Behind the Township Office (6394 W Western Ave)


Thursdays, June 16th – Sept 4th
Leland School parking lot (200 N Grand Ave)


Fridays, June 3rd – Sept 9th
At the marina (105 Bay St)

Leland Food & Wine Festival
June 11th, 1:00 – 8:00 pm

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Come enjoy a day at the Leland Harbor, near historic Fishtown, tasting award-winning wines from local wineries, and delicious, specialties from local restaurants and vendors. The 31st Annual Leland Wine & Food Festival is almost here.

Music acts this year include Ben Daniel (son of actor/musician Jeff Daniels) along with a nonstop lineup of local acts including Leland’s own Sierra Cassidy. To save time standing in line at the gate, get your tickets in advance by heading over to www.lelandmi.com/events/wine-food-festival.


Sleeping Bear Dunes Barn Restoration Workshop
June 13th thru June 18th

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The Michigan Barn Preservation Network and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore will be hosting a hands-on barn restoration workshop in June at the John Burfiend Barn located on Port Oneida Road (four miles north of Glen Arbor, Michigan, on M-22).

The workshop will address repairing “Barn Floors and Hewn Building Sills and Floor Joists.” The John Burfiend Barn was the site of the first park and Michigan Barn Preservation Network workshop in 1997.

The course will include: 1) basics about structural and load analysis for floors and sills; 2) repair of rough sawn floorboards, floor joist; 3) repair and installation of hewn sills; 4) exterior siding repair; and 5) tool safety while completing the task presented.

The course is set up so that participants of any skill level can receive hands-on training of all techniques. Past workshop attendees have ranged in age from 7 to 75 with each contributing their own unique skills to the project.

The workshop begins on site at 9 am each day. There is no cost to participants. Tools and materials will be provided. Participants should wear boots, gloves, and bring a sack lunch for each day that they attend.  Participants can sign up for any number of days. 

Interested parties should contact the park historical architect, Kimberly Mann (231)326-4771, to sign up for the workshop. To sign up by email: kimberly_mann@nps.gov.


Solstice Half Marathon and 5k
June 18th

Endurance Revolution will again host this always popular, super scenic half marathon and 5k running race in beautiful Glen Arbor, Michigan. The USATF-certified half marathon will take runners around Big Glen Lake in a clockwise loop, starting and finishing near downtown Glen Arbor. Runners ascend Inspiration Point on the south side of Big Glen Lake where they will experience one of the most spectacular views of Leelanau County. The 5k course is flat and fast, and will take runners through tree-lined roads near downtown Glen Arbor. Registration prices (now $79 per entrant for the marathon and $37 per entrant for the 5k walk/run) increase after May 31st. Click here for more information and to register.


Traverse City Art & Wine Festival
June 25th, 4:00 – 9:00 pm

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Enjoy great music, local art, food and wine are at the 8th annual Traverse City Wine & Art event at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons. Get a true taste of the region with more than 100 wines (many from Leelanau County), fun experiences with winemakers, fresh fare with local ingredients, hosted by Taste the Local Difference, an enhanced fine art show featuring Stephanie Schlatter’s Project 24, and live musical entertainment all in one location. For tickets and more information—including a complete list of participating wineries and food vendors—check out www.traversecitywinefestival.com